Negotiating Rites by Ute HuskenNegotiating Rites by Ute Husken

Negotiating Rites

byUte Husken, Frank Neubert

Paperback | November 28, 2011

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In common understanding, but also in scholarly discourse, ritual has been long viewed as an undisputed and indisputable part of (especially religious) tradition, performed over and over in the same ways: stable in form, meaningless, preconcieved, and with the aim of creating harmony andenabling a tradition's survival. The authors represented in this collection argue, however, that these assumptions can be seriously challenged. Not only are rituals frequently disputed, they also constitute a field in which vital and sometimes even violent negotiations take place. Negotiations - here understood as processes of interaction during which differing positions are debated and/or acted out - are ubiquitous in ritual contexts,either in relation to the ritual itself, or in relation to the realm beyond any given ritual performance. The authors contend that a central feature of ritual is its embeddedness in negotiation processes and that life beyond the ritual frame often is negotiated in the field of rituals. This point ofview opens up fruitful new perspectives on ritual procedures, on the interactions that constitute these procedures, and on the contexts in which they are embedded. By explicitly addressing and theorizing the relevance of negotiation in the world of ritual, the essays in this volume seek to persuadescholars and students alike to think differently and to find new starting points for more nuanced discussions.
Ute Husken is a Professor of Sanskrit, University of Oslo and co-editor of the Oxford Ritual Studies series. Framkl Neubert is an Assistant Professor of Religion, Universitat Bern.
Title:Negotiating RitesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:November 28, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199812314

ISBN - 13:9780199812318


Table of Contents

IntroductionUte Husken and Frank Neubert: PART ONE - SHARING A WORLD1. Mikael Aktor: Negotiating Karma: Penance in Classical Indian Law Books2. Erik de Maaker: Negotiations at Death: Assessing Gifts, Mothers and Marriages3. Magnus Echtler: "The Clitoris Is Indeed Your Sweet": Negotiating Gender Roles in the Ritual Setting of the Swahili New Year's Festival4. Barry Stephenson: Ritual Negotiations in Lutherland5. Christian Meyer: Negotiating Rites in Imperial China: The Case of Northern Song Court Ritual Debates from 1034 to 1093PART TWO - GETTING IT STRAIGHT6. Nikki Bado: Performing the Ancient Ones: The Body-in-practice as the Ground of Ritual Negotiation7. Annette Wilke: Negotiating Tantra and Veda in the Parasurama-Kalpa Tradition8. Shari Lash: Same-Sex Weddings in Canada: Rituals of Resistance or Rituals of Conformity?9. Amy Holmes-Tagchungdarpa: The Social Element of Visionary Revelation: Public Rites as a Means of Negotiating Authenticity in Tibetan Buddhist Visionary Lineages10. Kathryn McClymond: Negotiating Ritual Repair: The prayascitta Material in the Baudhayana Srauta SutraPART THREE - MEANINGS AND VALUES OF RITUAL11. Ulrike Schroder: Hook-Swinging in South India: Negotiating the Subaltern Space within a Colonial Society12. Patricia Q. Campbell: Negotiating Meaning and Enactment in a Buddhist Ritual13. Ute Husken and Petra Kieffer-Pulz: Ordination into the Buddhist Sangha as an Initiation Ritual and as a Legal Procedure14. Grant Potts: Negotiating the Social in the Ritual Theory of Victor Turner and Roy Rappaport